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Record Fall Graduates Receive Diplomas

Record Fall Graduates Receive Diplomas

JONESBORO — Marking “a time of excitement at Arkansas State University,” Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, conferred degrees upon a record 1,405-member fall graduating class during commencement ceremonies Saturday morning in the A-State Convocation Center.

12/10/2016 3:00 PM

New Residence Hall Names Honor Prominent African-American Faculty

New Residence Hall Names Honor Prominent African-American Faculty

One of two new student housing developments under construction on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro will be named in honor of four prominent African-American faculty members for their historic roles in desegregation. The ASU Board of Trustees approved resolutions at its meeting Thursday that will name the new 165-bed graduate residence complex and individual halls on the west side of campus. The complex will be known as The Circle, and the buildings will be Gaines Hall, Richmond Hall, Smith Hall and Strickland Hall.

12/09/2016 3:00 PM

Welch: Higher education funding one of the key focuses of General Assembly

Welch: Higher education funding one of the key focuses of General Assembly

The Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch stated that the upcoming legislative session could be a “hectic” one, but he is optimistic that higher education will benefit from the session. Welch told the ASU Board of Trustees in Beebe that institutions across the state could share in about 10 million dollars in new funding. Governor Asa Hutchinson has introduced a funding model that will be expanded in more detail during the 2017 General Assembly. Welch says the new funding model is expected to focus on “outcomes” more than enrollment. He says the Arkansas Department of Higher Education will hand out funding to those universities who are graduating students, instead of looking at enrollment numbers after the 11 th day of a class semester. He says he is in support of this model and is interested in seeing how the legislature will address this new model. Welch also commented that the legislature will be looking at concealed carry of handguns on college campuses. Welch

12/08/2016 1:38 PM

The Herald Celebrates 95th Birthday

The Herald Celebrates 95th Birthday

JONESBORO — Former and current students, faculty members and guests gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate and recognize the 95th birthday of Arkansas State University’s student newspaper, The Herald, at a reception in the Herald office at the Education and Communications Building on campus.

12/07/2016 5:30 PM

Costello Wins State Award

Costello Wins State Award

Dr. Kristi Costello , assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Program and Writing Center, has been named 2016 English Teacher of the Year for College Education by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA). An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ACTELA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to celebrating and improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 2004, outstanding English and Language Arts teachers have been identified and honored annually by ACTELA. Judging is conducted by a panel of ACTELA Board members. The panel considers the nominees’ lifelong teaching, professionalism, and service, with emphasis on recent achievements. Costello’s award was presented at the ACTELA Fall Luncheon at Little Rock’s Marriott Hotel. Costello was introduced to the educators and others attending the luncheon, which is held during the annual Arkansas

12/07/2016 11:12 AM

Students and Faculty Reflect on International Music Festival

Students and Faculty Reflect on International Music Festival

Six music majors and two faculty members from Arkansas State University will fondly remember 2016 for the experiences they enjoyed at the Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany. The students were Brianna Allen, Taylor Gambill, Lane Hall, and Nathan Liouh, bassoons; Christopher Dixon, piano; and Michelle Byrd, soprano. Dr. Dale Clark, bassoon, and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, piano, served as faculty members by festival invitation.

12/07/2016 10:00 AM

ASU Board of Trustees to meet December 8 in Beebe

ASU Board of Trustees to meet December 8 in Beebe

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets December eighth at ASU-Beebe. The resolutions include approving the name of the combined Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, and Fine Arts as the College of Liberal Arts and Communication. New degrees to be considered by the board are a master’s degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Jonesboro. In Mountain Home, the Board will consider an Associate of Applied Science degree in Programming/Mobile Development, a Technical Certificate in Programming/Mobile Development, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Programming/Mobile Development. The Board will also consider naming the new graduate residential complex in Jonesboro as The Circle, and the individual halls will be known as Gaines Hall, Richmond Hall, Smith Hall, and Strickland Hall. The Board will also consider naming the new undergraduate residence complex in Jonesboro as Pack Place. The Board will also confer an honorary

12/07/2016 9:18 AM

Jonesboro, West Memphis Singer/Songerwritiers Receive Grammy Nomination

Jonesboro, West Memphis Singer/Songerwritiers Receive Grammy Nomination

Four Northeast Arkansas music artists have been nominated for a Grammy Award. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards ceremony. Jonesboro natives Zach Williams and Jonathan Smith were nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their song "Chain Breaker." The duo co-wrote the song with Mia Fieldes who was also nominated in the category. Media outlets report Williams is scheduled to perform at Westside High School on December 17 for his "Finding Favor" tour. Also nominated are West Memphis natives and sisters Jekalyn and Allundria Carr for Best Gospel Performance/Song for their live version of "You're Bigger." The 59th annual Grammy Awards are set to air on Sunday, February 12 on CBS.

12/07/2016 7:36 AM

Migrant Students in Craighead County Decline as Agri Tech Increases

Migrant Students in Craighead County Decline as Agri Tech Increases

The number of migrant students in Craighead County is on the decline, but Buffalo Island and Jonesboro continues to have the most migrant students. In 2016 data obtained from the Arkansas Department of Education by the Jonesboro Sun , 276 migrant students are attending school in the county, which is almost 100 students less than the 370 students recorded in 2011. Buffalo Island Central School District reported the most in the county with 114 migrant students. Jonesboro School District had the second highest with 80 migrant students. Buffalo Island West Elementary School Principle Kima Stewart told the Sun the reason behind the district's high migrant student population is because the district's boundaries extend into Mississippi County where there are large cotton gins. Craighead County Extension Agent Branon Thiesse said that increasing technology in agriculture could be a cause for a decline in migrant workers. Thiesse said as migrant worker families’ move into the area, they decide

12/07/2016 7:17 AM

Jonesboro City Council to Review 2017 Budget

Jonesboro City Council to Review 2017 Budget

The Jonesboro City Council is reviewing next year’s budget during a special council meeting Monday night. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the review is necessary, especially since over 12 million dollars has been pulled from the city’s reserves for various projects and the adjusted salaries for city workers. The city has 22 million dollars remaining in reserves. During last night's meeting, Perrin told the council he will join the city’s Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen in making the presentation to aldermen. The presentation will focus on where the city is right now and what projected revenue the city should get in 2017. The special city council meeting will be held Monday night at 5:30 at the City Council Chambers.

12/06/2016 8:42 PM

Rhule named Baylor Head Coach

Rhule named Baylor Head Coach

Baylor University has named Matt Rhule as its new head football coach. In a release from the university, Rhule will take over as the 27th head coach for the university. He is expected to be named to the post tomorrow. Arkansas State Head Football Coach Blake Anderson's name was reportedly in the running for the position. Anderson has a contract extension at Arkansas State that will pay him $700,000 a year through 2019. He has won two Sun Belt Championships while at the helm at the Red Wolves. Arkansas State plays in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 17th at 4:30. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

12/06/2016 12:11 PM

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 10

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 10

JONESBORO — A record 1,405 students will receive diplomas at Arkansas State University’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The number of graduates surpasses the previous mark of 1,350 in the 2012 December graduation.

12/06/2016 11:00 AM

Grant to Help Backpack Program

Grant to Help Backpack Program

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced today that it will use a $10,989.94 grant received from the Red Nose Day Fund to support children at risk of hunger through its Backpack Program. This latest contribution from Red Nose Day will impact more than 1,000 children in need in Northeast Arkansas. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to end child poverty, supporting programs that help to keep kids safe, healthy, and educated. The grant for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is one of 200 provided this year by the Red Nose Day Fund to Feeding America® member food banks. The mission of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas’ Backpack Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school holidays. “Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive, and behavioral

12/06/2016 10:37 AM

Fall Commencement at A-State is Saturday

Fall Commencement at A-State is Saturday

A record 1,405 students will receive diplomas at Arkansas State University’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The number of graduates surpasses the previous mark of 1,350 in the 2012 December graduation. Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research will confer degrees on the group that includes 717 undergraduates and 688 graduate students representing six colleges: Agriculture, Engineering and Technology; Business; Education and Behavioral Science; Liberal Arts and Communication; Nursing and Health Professions; and Sciences and Mathematics. The class includes 58 students receiving honors who met the criteria: 35 cum laude (3.60-3.79 grade point average overall and institutional), 22 magna cum laude (3.80-3.99 GPA) and one summa cum laude (4.00 GPA). Cody Hutchison of Jonesboro will provide remarks on behalf of the graduating class. Hutchison has earned a degree with a double major

12/06/2016 10:33 AM

Local Tech Company Purchases Former Hays Clothing Store Building

Local Tech Company Purchases Former Hays Clothing Store Building

A locally-based technology company specializing in solutions for correctional facilities is moving into the former location of Hays Clothing Store in Jonesboro.

12/06/2016 10:13 AM

Blake Anderson to Baylor?

Blake Anderson to Baylor?

UPDATE: Baylor has named Matt Rhule as the new head coach. Read more here . --- Could Blake Anderson be coaching at Baylor soon? Several media reports say that could happen, as Anderson is said to be in negotiations to be the next head coach of the Bears. Anderson has signed a contract extension that would pay him $700,000 a year through 2019. Anderson has won two Sun Belt Conference Championships while the coach of the Red Wolves. He is 23-15 with Arkansas State. Arkansas State University says they will hold a press conference soon about the upcoming AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17th. The bowl game takes place in Orlando, Florida at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

12/06/2016 9:52 AM

Senator Boozman Addresses Listener's Concerns and Trumps Picks

Senator Boozman Addresses Listener's Concerns and Trumps Picks

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Senator John Boozman about a listener's concerns over the Affordable Care Act's repeal, the future of Social Security, and Citizens United. He also talks about President-Elect Donald Trump's picks for cabinet positions. Click on the Listen button.

12/06/2016 8:40 AM

Inside A-State - 12/06/2016

Inside A-State - 12/06/2016

12/06/2016 12:00 AM

Arkansas High School Students to Compete at Annual Communication Day

Arkansas High School Students to Compete at Annual Communication Day

JONESBORO — High school students from across Arkansas will test their communication skills and talents in the 79th Communication Day, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Arkansas State University. With the addition of new competitions, this edition of Communication Day promises to be the best yet and offers students more opportunities to win awards.

12/05/2016 1:30 PM

Holidays Shows and Old-Fashioned Christmas -12/09 Weekend

Holidays Shows and Old-Fashioned Christmas -12/09 Weekend

Get in the holiday spirit with Travel Writer Kim Williams! Williams has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family this weekend, including music (and dancing), parades, and celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way. For those interested in viewing a holiday classic right here in Arkansas, Williams has information on a performance of the Nutcracker in a Little Rock theatre. Music lovers will also enjoy a show combining caroling and the wonders of nature in Mountain View. Families can enjoy an old fashioned Christmas, featuring old-timey crafts, food, and fun! Williams has the details of this annual celebration. Plus, another Christmas celebration at a Holiday Open House at an Arkansas State Park. You won't want to miss all these and more, including over 60 communities participating in a state-wide trail of holiday lights. Featured stops in this episode include Little Rock, Powhatan, Batesville, and Mountain View.

12/05/2016 1:00 PM

Crowley's Ridge Development Council Opens Small Town, Non Profit Support Center

Crowley's Ridge Development Council Opens Small Town, Non Profit Support Center

Working as an intern for the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University years ago, Hannah Barnett developed a passion for writing grants for local organizations. "I fell in love with the aspect of indirectly getting to help these people that need it, because I was helping them get money to do what they do," Barnett said. In October 2016, when she was offered a position to coordinate the new Center for Non Profit and Small Town Support, she saw an opportunity to use her passion to help more people. The Crowley's Ridge Development Council launched the center in November 2016 at their main headquarters in Jonesboro. Barnett said the main goal of the center is to help institutions focus more on achieving their mission without worrying about the typical administrative duties and costs. "We work as the support arm for our non-profits and small towns so that they can directly deliver their mission,” said Barnett. "A lot of times, Non-profit Executives wear many hats.

12/05/2016 9:05 AM

The Herald Celebrates 95 Years

The Herald Celebrates 95 Years

Arkansas State University's student-run publication The Herald has been printing papers for 95 years. A special celebration of this event is taking place at Arkansas State University. Two interviews can be listened to that explains the importance of The Herald , especially in a time where print media is facing significant challenges.

12/05/2016 8:39 AM

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/16) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that its Sun Belt Conference champion football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT), when it will face American Athletic Conference member UCF . The Red Wolves, making a school-record sixth consecutive bowl-game appearance, will face the Knights at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., in a CBS Sports Network-televised game. A-State will be making its first appearance in the Cure Bowl, which played its inaugural game last year, and competing in its 14th all-time bowl game. “The Cure Bowl is in an outstanding location, and we are excited for everyone associated with our program to experience a new bowl game in one of the most visited parts of the United States,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. “I am very familiar with the state of Florida and UCF, so I know this will be both a

12/05/2016 6:56 AM